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It’s a cloud-eat-cloud world.


It’s a cloud-eat-cloud world.

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I think I finally realized the moral of Super Mario Bros.

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UPDATE: For the latest on how to help Amit, join the registry, organize a bone marrow drive, and lots more, visit

Two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor, who I’d gone to see the day before because I’d been feeling worn out and was losing weight, and wasn’t sure why.

He was brief: “Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away.”

I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.

I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. As Jay and Tony describe below, minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.

A few ways to help:

  1. If you’re South Asianget a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.
  2. If you’re in NYC, you can go to this event my friends are putting on.
  3. If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point ‘em to the links above.

*UPDATE 1* Organize a donor drive near you (the most helpful thing you could possibly do!) email 100kcheeks@gmail.comThey’ll send you kits, flyers, tell you what to say, and make the whole process easy cheesy.

*UPDATE 2* Want to get a free test, but not in the US. Here’s a list of international donor registries that are globally searchable.


My friend Amit Gupta founded my favorite photography site Photojojo. A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Amit is one of the nicest, most genuine, most creative people you could ever meet. Prior to founding the awesome Photojojo, he also co-founded Jelly in 2006 in NYC, a coworking community, that’s now spread to 60 cities across the world and helped spark the coworking revolution. It looks like Amit will need a bone marrow transplant quite soon. We can help him with that.

tony b:

Unlike blood transfusions, finding a genetic match for bone marrow that his body will accept is no easy task. The national bone marrow registry has 9.5 million records on file, yet the chances of someone from South Asian descent of finding a match are only 1 in 20,000.

This is where we come in. We’re going to destroy those odds.

How? By finding and registering as many people of South Asian descent as we possibly can.

Tests are easy– a simple swab of the cheek. If you’re a match, the donation involves an outpatient procedure. It’s not fun, but it’s not dangerous either. And doing it could save a life.

We are encouraging anyone of South Asian descent to take a test to see if you’re a match. 

You can get a free test by mail, or, if you’re in New York, you can join us Friday, October 14th for a special party to rally support.

We’ll have test kits on hand at the party, as well as music, booze, and maybe even a photo booth. It will, for the first time, combine a House 2.0-style party with a New Work City-style party, and if you’ve ever been to either, you know they are always something special.

Please spread the word and please do everything you can to help Amit beat leukemia. He’s a superstar.

Much thanks to Tony and pals for organizing this event, and EVERYONE who’s been tweeting and reblogging.

Please help get the word out any way you can. My life quite literally depends on it.

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At what point does the need for security eclipse human dignity and compassion?

Yesterday I went through the imaging scanner at JFK Terminal 4 for my Virgin America flight to San Francisco.  Evidently they found something, because after the scan, I was asked to step aside to have my breast area examined.  I explained to the agent that I was a breast cancer patient and had a bilateral mastectomy in April and had tissue expanders put in to make way for reconstruction at a later date.  

 I told her that I was not comfortable with having my breasts touched and that I had a card in my wallet that explains the type of expanders, serial numbers and my doctor’s information (pictured) and asked to retrieve it.  This request was denied.  Instead, she called over a female supervisor who told me the exam had to take place.  I was again told that I could not retrieve the card and needed to submit to a physical exam in order to be cleared.  She then said, “And if we don’t clear you, you don’t fly” loud enough for other passengers to hear.  And they did.  And they stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA Supervisor. 

To my further dismay, my belongings, including my computer, were completely out of sight. I had no choice but to allow an agent to touch my breasts in front of other passengers.  

I just didn’t understand why these agents were so insensitive to the situation. I would have been happy to show her which bag was mine and have her retrieve the card, but she did not allow even that. I have been through emotional and physical hell this past year due to breast cancer.  The way I was treated by these TSA agents added a shitload of insult to injury and caused me a great deal of humiliation.

 I understand the need for safety when flying, but there is also a need for those responsible to be compassionate and sensitive to each situation.  These agents were neither.

I can only comfort myself with the fact that Karma is always circular.

UPDATE 1: Laughing Squid has a round-up of media coverage on this story and I’ve been posting update on my Twitter account: @HRLori

UPDATE 2: TSA has responded to the issue on the TSA Blog and apologized.

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Stefan Wehrmeyer: A Mapnificent World


I just released Mapnificent for 17 cities in the US and some other cities world wide (before Mapnificent was only available for Berlin and somehow for London night buses). You can watch a short video about what Mapnificent is and what it can do here. This post will explain how Mapnificent…

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Stefan Wehrmeyer: A Mapnificent World


I just released Mapnificent for 17 cities in the US and some other cities world wide (before Mapnificent was only available for Berlin and somehow for London night buses). You can watch a short video about what Mapnificent is and what it can do here. This post will explain how Mapnificent…

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FOUNDRY: A tribute to Mr Steve.


We were in need of a few fans the other day for our smell dispenser prototypes. Colin kindly donated an old MacBook Pro to the cause and I meticulously tore it to pieces.

It was an incredibly humbling experience. Beyond the smooth sheen of its outer casing, lays one of the most beautifully…

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Huge! Skitch is acquired by Evernote

A Great Match

We are super proud to announce that as of today, Skitch has joined the Evernote family. Evernote helps you remember everything. Skitch helps you draw attention to anything.

We’ll be working alongside the great Evernote crew to make Skitch and Evernote work seamlessly together to help you remember and draw attention to all your important stuff.

All the Good Stuff will Continue

All the existing services will continue for users. And many of you will be happy to know that the Skitch name and soul will continue and grow bigger and bigger. And the development of Skitch will now be able to broaden and flourish like never before, with Evernote know-how and resources allowing Skitch to finally reach all those computers, tablets and phones out there. In short, that means better experiences, and new stuff for you!

Skitch for Everybody

The full version of Skitch will be now be free to users, which will mean Skitch will be able to help many more millions of people to share and draw attention to their important stuff. 

First Steps: Android

We’re also really happy to announce Skitch for Android; a great first step towards a broader vision. Skitch for Android is a great of example of what can, and will, be made possible with the right support and resources. Take a snapshot, open an image from gallery or start with a blank page. Add some arrows, text and other annotations, and then share to the world (or your Evernote application) — all from the Android app. And yes, many of you are no doubt saying “where’s my iOS version?!”. The answer is, it’s on the production line. It’s coming!

Stay Tuned

Want to keep connected? Follow @skitch on twitter or watch this space. You can also read more at the Evernote Blog

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